UMass Season Ends in NCAA Quarterfinals
May 17, 2003
SYRACUSE, N.Y.- The No. 5-ranked University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team ran into a tough Maryland defense, and the result was a 13-7 loss to the third-ranked Terrapins in the NCAA Quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. UMass ends its season at 13-3, while Maryland advances to the national semifinals with a 12-3 record. The 13 wins for UMass ties a school record, and Head Coach Greg Cannella's squad have a nation-high 37 victories over the last three years.
The UMass offense wasted no time in scoring on the nation's best defense. Chris Doyle (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) wristed a 20-foot rocket to the top right corner just 1:32 into the game for a 1-0 lead. The Minutemen pushed their lead to 2-0 when freshman Sean Morris (Marshfield, Mass.) squeezed a shot from the left slot into the top left corner and past Maryland goalie Danny McCormick at the 12:06 mark. But Maryland responded and scored the next two goals of the contest to tie the game at 2-2 after one period.
The Terrapins took their first lead of the game at the 9:20 mark when Matt Brock tallied his second goal of the game for a 3-2 Maryland advantage. UMass tied the game for the final time when freshman Tony Ventiquattro (Deferiet, N.Y.), who was playing in his first game since March 29, bounced a shot past McCormick to end a 19:07 scoreless streak and tie the game at 3-3. But Maryland continued to use its suffocating defense to score the next three goals of the game, before senior Chris Fiore (Freeport, N.Y.) slid a shot into the back of the cage as he was falling down to cut the Maryland lead to 6-4 with just 1:24 to play in the first half. UMass goalie Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) made a big save in the waning moments of the first half to keep the score within two.
Maryland's Mike Millot tallied the first goal of the second half, but Kevin Glenz (Merrick, N.Y.) brought the Minutemen to within 7-5 at the 9:45 mark, with a bounce shot from in close. But Maryland would end the period on a 3-0 run over the final five minutes to take a 10-5 lead into the third quarter.
UMass appeared to cut into the lead when Kevin Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) fired an EMO shot in during a scrum in front of the net, but it was waved off as a UMass player was in the crease. The teams traded goals in the fourth quarter, with both UMass netters coming from Doyle, but the Minutemen could get no closer than six in the final 10 minutes, and Maryland advanced with a 13-7 victory.
The Terps outshot the Minutemen, 37-36, and McCormick made 15 saves in the net for Maryland. Not to be outdone, Schell stopped 13 shots for the Minutemen. UMass won 14-of-24 face-offs, were 17-of-18 on clears and had more ground balls than Maryland, 35-29. UMass' top two scorers, Jeff Zywicki (Napean, Ontario) and Leveille, were held scoreless, while the team's third-leading scorer, Fiore, had a goal and an assist. Doyle led the Minutemen with three goals, his second career hat trick. UMass was held to its lowest amount of goals since a 17-7 loss against Syracuse during the 2000 season, on the same Carrier Dome turf. The Minutemen are now 0-12 at the Carrier Dome all-time.
UMass ends the season at 13-3, and will lose seven seniors from this year's team.